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An investigation into the engagement of disabled people in European football.

Kitchin, Paul James and Bloomer, Stephen (2017) An investigation into the engagement of disabled people in European football. Union of European Football Associations. 53 pp. [Research report (external)]

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1. The engagement of disabled people through sport in general is a difficult but worthy challenge. 2. UEFA have been developing multiple areas of social responsibility, including disability provision throughout playing, spectating or working opportunities. 3. This report provides a review of what has been achieved.4. This project aimed to explore how the European football industry engages disabled people (via participation on- and off-the-field). A particular focus was placed upon the management approaches being employed across the region. 5. A mixed-methods, cross-sectional survey design guided this study, using questionnaires and interviews with National Associations and Licensed Clubs across Europe.6. Results identified a range of areas where organisations felt their performance did not match the importance of their provision. 7. Room for improvement was identified, however respondents noted the general increase in resources to support these engagement activities.8. Regional differences within the results suggest that pockets of excellence exist within the industry, which contrast with areas where improvements can be made.9. Interviews with organisations operating best practices suggest that local context is a major factor in the quality of provision. Other factors include financial resources, human resources and competencies (developed through training) as well it being paramount that organisations possess an inclusive philosophy.10. Resources and managerial competencies are important but organisations should be wary of relying too heavily on individuals, promoting more of a team approach to provision.11. European football is replete with best practice in its engagement opportunities for disabled people.12. Opportunities exist for enhanced provision and further research.

Item Type:Research report (external)
Keywords:disability, football, accessibility, survey methods, Europe, best practice
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:37532
Deposited By: Dr Paul Kitchin
Deposited On:24 Apr 2017 08:44
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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